At the risk of sounding repetitive, I’ll confess that each time I sit down to write these, I tell myself this will be the last week I do. (It’s coming to an end, readers, and I’m grateful for the patience!) Reason being, the establishment is in place that is my enjoyment of the show, and yet each time I watch a block of new episodes somehow I do a write-up.
When Calls the Heart, Season One Episodes 10 & 11 (2014) Hallmark TV Review
Last week’s episode deals with the aftermath of Jack (Daniel Lissing) leaving and its impact on Elizabeth (Erin Krakow). It then builds to a climax that covers the conclusion of Julie Tatcher’s foolish insta-love when the Tolliver gang kidnap the Thatcher sisters. From there, things get dicey but happiness (of course) prevails! In episode eleven – ‘Rules of Engagement,’ Elizabeth rejoices in the return of Jack to Coal Valley. Only her happiness is brief when she comes face-to-face with the daring actress (Pascale Hutton), who incidentally happens to be Jack’s fiancée!
Elsewhere, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is busy searching for the truth of the mine disaster. But instead of squaring off alone with Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins), now she has the assistance of a Mountie inspector (Jack Wagner); and finally a man listens to Abigail’s fears that the disaster was no accident.
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There’s a lot of ground to cover in these two episodes, not the least of which is more friction in the Elizabeth and Jack saga which frankly is tolerable because Erin and Daniel make their characters so likable. There are definitely highlights and low points in this block of episodes, they were as follows.
- + Upping the excitement is something writers do well. Episode ten (‘Love Comes First’) takes a foolish girls “love” (really, I’m sorry but I have to say, Julie (Charlotte Hegele), what are you thinking?!) and turns it into an opportunity for excitement.
- + Elizabeth’s sighting of Jack upon his return to Coal Valley? Priceless.
- + Much as her sassiness, girl-who-can-do-anything attitude may win over fans, I’m not overly fond of the worldly, Miss Rosemary LaVeaux. She’s a woman who fights for things she no longer wants, meaning she inserts herself into situations she has no business in; and really, she’s not the kind of character I’d expect writers to pair with a certain hero.
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- + Excuse me, but inquiring minds want to know; where has Mr. marriage-and-Mounties-don’t-mix gone? Jack pushing Elizabeth away in the very beginning and his attitude in ‘Rules of Engagement’ don’t mesh.
- + Jack and Elizabeth may have stolen everyone’s heart, however can we get a shout-out for Abigail…? Don’t you love seeing her maybe head towards a new kind of happy…
Edging towards the season finale – coming next Saturday! – means that there will likely be some resolution even if that comes in cliffhanger form. There is much to decide in the final two hours! Some fans may worry over all that happens in episode eleven, keep a good thought! Considering its source material and prior similar adaptations, writers have little choice but to leave fans smiling.
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You can find When Calls the Heart, season one episodes 10 – 11 (and the whole season) digitally on Amazon Video.